Steve Bruce insists he will never walk away from a challenge even if the Newcastle United head coach recognises that he has come 'under pressure'.

Newcastle have failed to win any of their last eight games in all competitions and the Magpies suffered an embarrassing defeat against bottom of the table Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Three weeks on from a humiliating cup exit at the hands of Brentford's second-string, Newcastle became the first top-flight outfit to lose a game against the Blades this season.

Newcastle face Arsenal, Aston Villa, Leeds and Everton before the month is out and it is hard to see where the next victory is coming from.

Bruce, however, has tried not to read the criticism that has rightly come his way as the 60-year-old attempts to draw a response from his players.

"Look, I've worked all my life to have an opportunity like this, especially being from here," Bruce told reporters on Zoom.

"In management, I regard it as the pinnacle. I might not have another one and some would say: 'I hope not'.

"I will try my utmost under difficult circumstances, but if I was a supporter or associated with Newcastle, I can't accept what I saw the other day.

"I chose this profession. How lucky am I? I've been involved with playing for 20 years. I've been involved with management for 20 years.

"I've done nearly 1,000 games - 500 in the Premier League - and I know that results are key to it. I have to take it and accept it, and not get too low with it.

"I try not to read it because if I'm lower than a snake's belly, how am I going to expect a reaction from the players?

"I'll never ever give up. I made a career out of being bang average but worked hard and maybe that's in management too where I'm not blessed with this, that and the other.

"But I had the ability to roll my sleeves up and get stuck into it and never walk away from a challenge, especially when you come under pressure."